Cork camp bat away talk of Rangers clash
The Cork City camp insist that the prospect of facing SPL side Rangers in Europe will not distract them from the task in hand against opposition from Luxembourg tonight.
A side struggling domestically, with no wins from the last six league games, Cork are hoping to hit form in the Europa League as Progrès Niederkorn visit Turner's Cross for the first round in their first leg tie tonight (7.45pm).
Historically, Progrès had a poor record in Europe, losing at the first-round stage in their first six European campaigns, including a 3-0 loss to Shamrock Rovers in 2105, before they caused a major shock in the Europa League in 2017 by knocking out Rangers.
Steven Gerrard's side could do battle with them again as the winners of this tie will play the Ibrox club, presuming that they don't throw away a 4-0 lead from the away leg against Gibraltar minnows St Joseph's in the second leg next week.
But Cork defender Colm Horgan says the squad are blocking out any talk of Gerrard and company coming to Turner's Cross until the first round tie is settled.
"It has been mentioned, not around the dressing room, but I have people saying it to me, 'sure we could have Rangers in the next round'," says Horgan ahead of his European debut for City.
"But there's no point in saying that unless we do the business, we have to take it one game at a time.
"It should be a great experience. Europe is one of the best things about League of Ireland football.
"We played Preston and most of their boys will never get to play in Europe. They are obviously earning more money and are playing at a perceived higher standard in the Championship, but they'll never get a chance to play in European football."